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Annie Rau and Janet Wagner

Stops: Xtreme Racing, Savoy, Tulsa Stained Glass, Drysdales Western Wear, Tulsa Zoo, Freeway Cafe, Baskin-Robbins

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
November 29, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the November issue of Preview.

The Team: Annie Rau and Janet Wagner

In planning how to spend $91.80, Annie wanted to go to the Tulsa Zoo to see the meerkats and I wanted to go to the Arabian Horse Championship. We didn’t really plan for this, but we basically took a stroll down Sheridan Road. We veered off Sheridan a little, but just about covered it from top to bottom.

Stop #1: When we heard that Friday night was ladies’ night at Xtreme Racing, we jumped in the car and headed out. Once on the track, Annie kicked into high gear and zoomed around the track like a professional. Me, well ... it was my first time, so I was slower. We were on the 14-lap red track. The blue track consists of 12 laps. Toward the end of the race, I was getting the feel of driving but still ended up losing. Xtreme Racing is high-octane fun. Definitely plan to go back.
Cost: $26.02

Stop #2: Our first stop Saturday morning was at the Savoy Restaurant, a Tulsa landmark since 1925. The packed parking lot was evidence of its popularity. Once inside, we waited 20 minutes to be served, but the wait was worth it. We couldn’t have asked for a better waiter. Jesse made us feel like family. We had a light breakfast with eggs, English muffin and waffles. As far as we’re concerned, the Savoy Restaurant serves the best breakfast in Tulsa.
Cost: $9.52

Stop #3: On our way to the Expo Center, we stopped at Tulsa Stained Glass. I bought an amber bauble to hang in my kitchen window. We met Mascot Jack, the King of the Mutt Strutt for DVIS (Domestic Violence Intervention Services). Being an animal lover, I was glad to learn about a safe place where animals can go when they get caught in domestic violence situations.
Cost: $10

Stop #4: Arabian horses are my favorite. The beautifully arched necks, thick manes and long tails — they are gracefully elegant. A highlight of the afternoon was getting my picture taken with Rejoice Rejoice (a national and reserve champion) from Strawberry Banks Farms in Aurora, New York.
Cost: $0

Stop #5: We weren’t at the Arabian Championship Horse Show long before we realized we were about the only ones not wearing cowboy boots. We went to Drysdales Western Wear and I used some birthday money and the $10 off coupon in Preview to buy my first pair of cowboy boots. I love them. Now I just need to figure out how to get an Arabian horse.
Cost: $141.60 (paid out of our own pocket)

Stop #6: This was the first time Annie and I have gone to the Tulsa Zoo. The flamingos were amazing, the rhinos awesome and the elephants were fun. But the meerkats, they were special. I love animals and am always amazed at the different varieties in each species. The Tulsa Zoo does a great job of exhibiting the animals, birds, reptiles and fish.
Cost: $18

Stop #7: We were really hungry after the zoo and stopped at Freeway Cafe. What a fun retro place to eat. Awesome food and great service. Annie got a plate of fried green tomatoes and I had the Royal Burger, which is a third-pound burger topped with fried egg, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. The Royal Burger is probably the best burger I think I have ever eaten. Adding fried egg and bacon was so delish.
Cost: $21.68

Stop #8: We left Freeway Café and slowly drove to Baskin-Robbins. We needed some time for the food to digest to make room for dessert. A double scoop ice cream cone for each of us was a sweet ending to a busy day. Annie got Jamoca and Chocolate Chip and I had Pralines ’n Cream with Jamoca Almond Fudge. So yummy.
Cost: $8.66

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